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Sixth "Next Steps" program discusses financial planning for families with special needs children

Family Benefit Solutions founder Sherri Schneider will discuss financial planning for families with special needs children including government benefits, guardianships and trusts, at District 202’s “Next Steps Transition Program” meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard Street, Plainfield. This is the sixth “Next Steps” meeting for this school year.

The “Next Steps” program helps parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities. 

This is the fifth year that District 202 is offering the Next Steps Transition training for community members interested in helping parents and caregivers plan, transition and advocate for their children with disabilities.

Schneider founded Family Benefit Solutions, Inc. about 25 years ago after working as a Case Manager in a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA). In that role, she helped those with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses acquire needed government benefits.

Now, she meets privately with families, assesses their situation, pursues appropriate benefit assistance program(s), and personally guides them through the application process, according to the Family Benefit Solutions website.

The Next Steps team comprises District 202 Vocational Education staff focused on improving delivery of services to families of students with disabilities; increasing family awareness of disability options and resources; and linking families in need to agencies that can support them with issues related to transition, said Dee Graves, District 202’s assistant director of private placement and transition.

“Next Steps” team members include Kathy Thomason, who coordinates the Work Training Program at Joliet Junior College; Plainfield Academy Vocational Coordinator Colleen Goldenberg; Project SEARCH teacher Colleen Kelly; and Work Training Program and Plainfield Academy teacher Sarah Bell.

Additional Next Steps trainings will be held regularly throughout this school year. All trainings will start at 6:30 p.m. Community members can attend as many of the trainings as they want.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • April 16, 2019 -- Speaker and topic TBA

For more information please contact Dee Graves at (815) 577-4023 or



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